Making Scents: The aromatic world of flowers

Not only can plants mimic other plants, but some flowers mimic animals. The flower of the bee orchid smells and looks, to the male bee, just like a female bee. The duped male bee attempts to copulate with the orchid’s petals, and the insect spreads pollen between the deceptive flowers. And flowers don’t just imitate bees. A few orchid species smell like female flies, and others replicate the aroma and texture of scarab beetles.

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[Image credit: Ian Capper via geograph.org]
Molecules in plant fragrances have powerful effects:  Reblogged from Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program – an excellent article and resource about aromatic flowers.  Click here to read more.

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